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Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1854 - English essays

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Page 89 - I believe, that no act in itself unjust, immoral, or wicked, can ever be justified or excused by, or under pretence or colour, that it was done either for the good of the church, or in obedience to any ecclesiastical power whatsoever. I also declare, that it is not an article of the catholick faith, neither am I thereby required to believe or profess that the pope is infallible...
Page 90 - I do hereby disclaim, disavow, and solemnly abjure any intention to subvert the present Church Establishment as settled by law within this Realm.
Page 288 - Russell; but his worst failure is that he is utterly ignorant of all moral fear; there is nothing he would not undertake. I believe he would perform the operation for the stone - build St. Peter's - or assume (with or without ten minutes...
Page 36 - II. : and their majesties, as soon as their affairs will permit them to summon a parliament in this kingdom, will endeavour to procure the said Roman Catholics such further security in that particular as may preserve them from any disturbance on account of their religion. The ninth article is to this effect. The oath to be administered to such Roman Catholics as submit to their majesties' government, shall be the oath aforesaid, and no other ; viz.
Page 267 - Sovereign and to the country : instead of being the ignorant man he pretends to be, before he meets the deputation of Tallow-Chandlers in the morning, he sits up half the night talking with Thomas Young about melting and skimming, and then, though he has acquired knowledge enough to work off a whole vat of prime Leicester tallow, he pretends next morning not to know the difference between a dip and a mould. In the same way, when he has been employed in reading Acts of Parliament, he would persuade...
Page 307 - ... dignified deportment — six feet two inches high, beautifully proportioned, with a magnificent countenance, expressive of all the cardinal virtues and the Ten Commandments, — and it is asked with an air of triumph, if such a man as this will fall into contempt on account of his poverty ? But substitute for him an average, ordinary, uninteresting Minister ; obese, dumpy, neither illnatured nor good-natured ; neither learned nor ignorant, striding over the stiles to church, with a second-rate...
Page 182 - Government ever dismayed him — the world could not bribe him — he thought only of Ireland — lived for no other object — dedicated to her his beautiful fancy, his elegant wit, his manly courage, and all the splendour of his astonishing eloquence. He was so born, and so gifted, that poetry, forensic skill, elegant literature, and all the highest attainments of human genius, were within his reach; but he thought the noblest occupation of a man was to make other men happy and free; and in that...
Page 111 - There was a period when the slightest concession would have satisfied the Americans ; but all the world was in heroics , one set of gentlemen met at the Lamb...
Page 182 - GRATTAN ? who has not turned to him for comfort, from the false friends and open enemies of Ireland ? who did not remember him in the days of its burnings and wastings and murders? No government ever dismayed him — the world could not bribe him — he thought only of Ireland — lived for no other object — dedicated to her his beautiful fancy, his elegant wit, his manly courage, and all the splendour of his astonishing eloquence. He was so born, and so gifted, that poetry, forensic skill...
Page 53 - Persia; secret service-money to Thibet; an annuity to Lady Henry Somebody, and her seven daughters — the husband being shot at some place where- we never ought to have had any soldiers at all ; and the elder brother returning four members to Parliament. Such a scene of extravagance, corruption and expense as must paralyze the industry, and mar the fortunes of the most industrious, spirited people that ever existed.

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